It was an emotional send-off for Repsol Honda’s Jorge Lorenzo at Valencia’s final round of the 2019 MotoGP World Championship yesterday, the Spaniard completing his last race in the sport with a P13 result.
After 297 grand prix starts, Lorenzo’s marked the end of his legendary MotoGP career with his best finish since returning from injury.
The five-time world champion completes his career 68 wins, 152 podiums and 69 poles, and bows out with some the most impressive stats to his name in grand prix history.
“Today was a special day,” Lorenzo reflected. “On the grid I had a very different feeling to all my other races and certainly in the opening laps I was more cautious than other races because the conditions were very difficult and I wanted to finish my last race.
“I focused mostly on myself in the race and I am pleased to end with some points certainly. It is great to help the Repsol Honda Team win the Team Championship after an unbelievable season from Marc. I want to say thank you to all of Honda as they have treated me with the utmost respect and professionalism. I wish them all the best for the future.”
It’s still unclear who will take up Lorenzo’s vacant seat at Repsol Honda in 2020, with Moto2 world champion Alex Marquez tipped as the favourite, while Johann Zarco and Cal Crutchlow have been linked to the role.